Is Brazilian striker Leo Bonatini the player being watched by Sheffield Wednesday?

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Owls scouts were reportedly spotted in Portugal at the weekend.

Sheffield Wednesday scouts were present as Estoril fell to a 2-1 home defeat by Sporting Lisbon on Saturday, according to A Bola.

While no specific target was mentioned, there is at least one player likely to have caught the Owls' eye at the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota.

Brazilian striker Leo Bonatini was again on target for Fabiano's side, taking his league goal tally to 15 for the campaign.

And Wednesday could be in the market for a goalscorer, if the Sun's suggestion they want Bournemouth's Glenn Murray on loan has any substance.

At 32, Murray cannot be considered a long-term option for the Owls, who've signed just two players over 30 all season on permanent contracts, whereas 21-year-old Bonatini certainly ticks the box of future prospect.

Bonatini's 6ft 1 frame - which is only an inch shorter than Murray's - also makes him a suitable signing for Wednesday, who've often played with just one out-and-out striker under Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal. He can also operate in a deeper role, as well as on the right - where Gary Hooper has occasionally found himself of late.

Carvalhal has previously raided his homeland for Lucas Joao, Marco Matias (both Nacional da Madeira) and Vincent Sasso (Braga), further strengthening the Owls' links with the Iberian nation, following the signings of Jose Semedo and Filipe Melo beforehand.

While this is a policy which has brought mixed success so far, Carvalhal himself being the obvious plus-point, Joao and Matias have shown enough promise not to deter the club from shopping in Portugal.

And one-time Juventus loanee Bonatini, who according to Transfermarkt cost Estoril £300,000 from Cruzeiro in January 2015, could become the Owls' next Liga NOS gem.

Of course, there's every chance Wednesday weren't watching Bonatini at all, and were simply catching up on the progress of their former midfielder Diogo Amado.

Or perhaps it was Sporting's players who were the focus of their scouts' attention - should the Owls gain promotion this season.

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